Goodreads Monday

Hi all!

Thought I’d try my hand at Goodreads Monday this week. This meme was originally started by Lauren’s Page Turners, and involves picking a book from your Goodreads TBR list and explaining why you want to read it. This week’s book is: Reverie by Ryan La Sala.

All Kane Montgomery knows for certain is that the police found him half-dead in the river. He can’t remember how he got there, what happened after, and why his life seems so different now. And it’s not just Kane who’s different, the world feels off, reality itself seems different.

As Kane pieces together clues, three almost-strangers claim to be his friends and the only people who can truly tell him what’s going on. But as he and the others are dragged into unimaginable worlds that materialize out of nowhere—the gym warps into a subterranean temple, a historical home nearby blooms into a Victorian romance rife with scandal and sorcery—Kane realizes that nothing in his life is an accident. And when a sinister force threatens to alter reality for good, they will have to do everything they can to stop it before it unravels everything they know.

This wildly imaginative debut explores what happens when the secret worlds that people hide within themselves come to light.

While I enjoy reading a fantasy and mystery based novel I can be quite picky about the tropes in the genres. That said, this one ticks all the boxes for me and was a must-add on to my TBR as soon as I read the premise. I’m interested in finding out more about Kane’s ‘friend group’ dynamic and whether they truly are his friends and loyal, or perhaps something more sinister is going on? Also… the change in setting hinted at in the premise has me intrigued! What the heck is happening in this story???

Jen

Goodreads Monday

Hi all!

Thought I’d try my hand at Goodreads Monday this week. This meme was originally started by Lauren’s Page Turners, and involves picking a book from your Goodreads TBR list and explaining why you want to read it. This week’s book is: Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen.

When eighteen-year-old Ever Wong’s parents send her from Ohio to Taiwan to study Mandarin for the summer, she finds herself thrust among the very over-achieving kids her parents have always wanted her to be, including Rick Woo, the Yale-bound prodigy profiled in the Chinese newspapers since they were nine—and her parents’ yardstick for her never-measuring-up life.

Unbeknownst to her parents, however, the program is actually an infamous teen meet-market nicknamed Loveboat, where the kids are more into clubbing than calligraphy and drinking snake-blood sake than touring sacred shrines.

Free for the first time, Ever sets out to break all her parents’ uber-strict rules—but how far can she go before she breaks her own heart?

I’ve read so many positive reviews on this book that it initially had me intrigued! I love the inclusion of Chinese culture, especially with a character that has to battle between her ethnicity and upbringing in a different land. Challenging cultural expectations in this manner has always been interesting to me. I love that this book highlights the tumultuous period a teen goes through in the search for their ‘self’ amidst so many expectations and differing values. This one has been on my TBR for a while and I’m hoping to get to it soon!

Jen

Goodreads Monday

Hi all!

Thought I’d try my hand at Goodreads Monday this week. This meme was originally started by Lauren’s Page Turners, and involves picking a book from your Goodreads TBR list and explaining why you want to read it. This week’s book is: Wicked Bite by Jeaniene Frost.

Some promises are meant to be broken…

Veritas spent most of her life as a vampire Law Guardian. Now, she’s about to break every rule by secretly hunting down the dark souls that were freed in order to save Ian. But the risks are high. For if she gets caught, she could lose her job. And catching the sinister creatures might cost Veritas her own life.

Some vows are forever…

Ian’s memories might be fragmented, but this master vampire isn’t about to be left behind by the woman who entranced him, bound herself to him, and then disappeared. So what if demons, other Law Guardians, and dangerous, otherworldly forces stand against them? Come hell or high water, Ian intends to remind Veritas of the burning passion between them, because she is the only person seared on his mind–and his soul…

Why do I want to read all about Ian and Veritas you ask?

  • I ADORE IAN ❤ He is impudent, fun and deeply loyal. Ever since his appearance in the Night Huntress series I’ve wanted to learn more about his story!
  • Veritas is such a kick-ass female. She definitely holds her own and the dynamic between Ian and Veritas in the first book was of warring equals. You’ve gotta love an author that represents strength in characters regardless of gender.
  • Jeaniene Frost’s writing always has a great pace, tonnes of drama and the perfect level of steaminess to change up the pace every now and then. She’s been a go-to author of mine for so many years now!
  • + a million other reasons…

Jen

Goodreads Monday

Hi all!

Thought I’d try my hand at Goodreads Monday this week. This meme was originally started by Lauren’s Page Turners, and involves picking a book from your Goodreads TBR list and explaining why you want to read it. This week’s book is: After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

When Lauren and Ryan’s marriage reaches the breaking point, they come up with an unconventional plan. They decide to take a year off in the hopes of finding a way to fall in love again. One year apart, and only one rule: they cannot contact each other. Aside from that, anything goes.

Lauren embarks on a journey of self-discovery, quickly finding that her friends and family have their own ideas about the meaning of marriage. These influences, as well as her own healing process and the challenges of living apart from Ryan, begin to change Lauren’s ideas about monogamy and marriage. She starts to question: When you can have romance without loyalty and commitment without marriage, when love and lust are no longer tied together, what do you value? What are you willing to fight for?

(Goodreads).

I’ve read so many positive reviews on Taylor Jenkins Reid’s writing, so I’ve had her on my list of authors-to-read for a while now but this book made it on to my TBR due to it’s unconventional nature. I don’t often read books that revolve around finding yourself after marriage, especially when the marriage is on the rocks. After reading Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey, this theme became something I was really interested in and I hope this book delivers an exploration of self and journey I haven’t read about before. High expectations, I know!

Jen

Goodreads Monday

Hi all!

Thought I’d try my hand at Goodreads Monday this week. This meme was originally started by Lauren’s Page Turners, and involves picking a book from your Goodreads TBR list and explaining why you want to read it. This week’s book is:

A ton of copycat gossip apps have popped up since Simon died, but in the year since the Bayview four were cleared of his shocking death, no one’s been able to fill the gossip void quite like he could. The problem is no one has the facts.

Until now.

This time it’s not an app, though—it’s a game.

Truth or Dare.

Phoebe’s the first target. If you choose not to play, it’s a truth. And hers is dark.

Then comes Maeve and she should know better—always choose the dare.

But by the time Knox is about to be tagged, things have gotten dangerous. The dares have become deadly, and if Maeve learned anything from Bronwyn last year, it’s that they can’t count on the police for help. Or protection.

Simon’s gone, but someone’s determined to keep his legacy at Bayview High alive. And this time, there’s a whole new set of rules.

While I had some issues with One of Us is Lying (namely the ending) I still enjoyed McManus’ writing overall and when I heard that this had taken a slight spin and change on the first book to include the truth or dare element I WAS IN. Who doesn’t love a good game of truth or dare? Especially, when McManus’ writing creates some great suspense!

Jen

Goodreads Monday

Hi all!

Thought I’d try my hand at Goodreads Monday this week. This meme was originally started by Lauren’s Page Turners, and involves picking a book from your Goodreads TBR list and explaining why you want to read it. This week’s book is: Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson.

All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined. (Goodreads).

I tried to read this once but I don’t think I was in the right mood to properly appreciate all that this book has to offer. I mean…

  • It’s about magical BOOKS —> be still my beating heart! Wouldn’t we all want to fight evil in a library?
  • Nathaniel sounds like a champ! I love the good ol’ ‘is he reeeeally the bad guy?’ trope where her assumptions get turned upside down and inside out.
  • The cover is divine. Just for that alone it’s worth giving a try.

Sign. Me. Up!

Jen

Goodreads Monday

Hi all!

Thought I’d try my hand at Goodreads Monday this week. This meme was originally started by Lauren’s Page Turners, and involves picking a book from your Goodreads TBR list and explaining why you want to read it. This week’s book is: Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavours by Sonali Dev.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that only in an overachieving Indian American family can a genius daughter be considered a black sheep.

Dr. Trisha Raje is San Francisco’s most acclaimed neurosurgeon. But that’s not enough for the Rajes, her influential immigrant family who’s achieved power by making its own non-negotiable rules:

  • Never trust an outsider
  • Never do anything to jeopardize your brother’s political aspirations
  • And never, ever, defy your family

Trisha is guilty of breaking all three rules. But now she has a chance to redeem herself. So long as she doesn’t repeat old mistakes.

Up-and-coming chef DJ Caine has known people like Trisha before, people who judge him by his rough beginnings and place pedigree above character. He needs the lucrative job the Rajes offer, but he values his pride too much to indulge Trisha’s arrogance. And then he discovers that she’s the only surgeon who can save his sister’s life.

As the two clash, their assumptions crumble like the spun sugar on one of DJ’s stunning desserts. But before a future can be savored there’s a past to be reckoned with…

A family trying to build home in a new land.

A man who has never felt at home anywhere.

And a choice to be made between the two.

This book initially caught my eye with it’s bright, eye-catching cover and the inclusion of the words PRIDE and PREJUDICE in its title. I mean… how could I resist having a peek at the synopsis after that?

The premise has me eager to read this book for three reasons:

  • I love a good opposites-attract/ forbidden romance and this has all the hallmarks of one.
  • The inclusion of Indian culture in this story. It’s great to see such diversity of culture in books and I tend to learn so much from them.
  • The character arc for Trisha is one I enjoy reading about: gaining self-confidence in spite of impossible family expectations.

Jen

Goodreads Monday

Hi all!

Thought I’d try my hand at Goodreads Monday this week. This meme was originally started by Lauren’s Page Turners, and involves picking a book from your Goodreads TBR list and explaining why you want to read it. This week’s book is: Wild at Heart (Wild #2) by K. A Tucker.

Publication: 3 March, 2020

Do I really need to even justify this book with a blurb? For those of you who have not (unfortunately) read A Simple Wild by K.A Tucker, this is the unexpected and highly anticipated (at least in my case) sequel. I love stories that seem to get relatively easy HEAs and then the author decides to stretch it out. Not only does it mean we get more Jonah and Calla, it also means that we get to see a sneak peak in to their lives after the supposed HEA.

Things aren’t always easy after HEA and I enjoy reading about the more ‘mundane’ aspects of making a relationship work long term. Especially when one character has to make a sacrifice for the sake of the other – these decisions are easy to make in the heat of a moment but the long lasting influence of them is what I love to read about ❤

For those of you who haven’t read A Simple Wild, here is the synopsis:

Calla Fletcher wasn’t even two when her mother took her and fled the Alaskan wild, unable to handle the isolation of the extreme, rural lifestyle, leaving behind Calla’s father, Wren Fletcher, in the process. Calla never looked back, and at twenty-six, a busy life in Toronto is all she knows. But when Calla learns that Wren’s days may be numbered, she knows that it’s time to make the long trip back to the remote frontier town where she was born.

She braves the roaming wildlife, the odd daylight hours, the exorbitant prices, and even the occasional—dear God—outhouse, all for the chance to connect with her father: a man who, despite his many faults, she can’t help but care for. While she struggles to adjust to this rugged environment, Jonah—the unkempt, obnoxious, and proud Alaskan pilot who helps keep her father’s charter plane company operational—can’t imagine calling anywhere else home. And he’s clearly waiting with one hand on the throttle to fly this city girl back to where she belongs, convinced that she’s too pampered to handle the wild.

Jonah is probably right, but Calla is determined to prove him wrong. Soon, she finds herself forming an unexpected bond with the burly pilot. As his undercurrent of disapproval dwindles, it’s replaced by friendship—or perhaps something deeper? But Calla is not in Alaska to stay and Jonah will never leave. It would be foolish of her to kindle a romance, to take the same path her parents tried—and failed at—years ago. It’s a simple truth that turns out to be not so simple after all.

Jen

Goodreads Monday – 21st Oct 2019

Hey all!

This is our first Goodreads Monday!! This is a weekly meme that was started by Lauren’s Page Turners. The meme is pretty straight forward, to participate simply choose a random book from your TBR and explain why you want to read it!This week’s book: Deeplight by Frances Hardinge.

Blurb:

The gods of the Myriad were as real as the coastlines and currents, and as merciless as the winds and whirlpools. Then one day they rose up and tore each other apart, killing many hundreds of islanders and changing the Myriad forever.

On the jumbled streets of the Island of Lady’s Crave live Hark and his best friend Jelt. They are scavengers: living off their wits, diving for relics of the gods, desperate for anything they can sell. But now there is something stirring beneath the waves, calling to someone brave enough to retrieve it. Something valuable. Something dangerous.

Nothing is quite as it seems, and when the waves try to claim Jelt, Hark will do anything to save him. Even if it means compromising not just who Jelt is, but what he is . . .

Why I want to read this book:

  • The cover is STUNNING. There’s something about all of the cute undersea details that make me want to own a copy of this book and stare at it ALL DAY.
  • The premise sounds really interesting. I love when stories include world-building and a good dash of mystery. Who can possibly resist that?
  • I’ve read some really mixed reviews on this book and it makes me want to read it MORE so that I can form my own opinion on it. There’s something about taking others’ thoughts in to consideration while judging them against your own viewpoint.
  • I haven’t read a book by Frances Hardinge yet and I (generally) enjoy trying new authors!

// have you read this book? what were your thoughts on it? //

Jen